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BLACK LUNG INQUIRY DELAYS NOT GOOD ENOUGH

July 6, 2017

The CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President today supported the Parliamentary Committee’s interim findings of the Inquiry into black lung disease and said it looked forward to seeing recommendations that reflect the seriousness of the evidence. “Queensland workers will eagerly anticipate the recommendations which flow from this report,” Mr Smyth said. “This damning report […]

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EIGHTEEN MONTHS OF THE GRIM REALITY OF LIVING WITH BLACK LUNG

March 8, 2017

This month marks one-and-a-half years since retired miner Keith Stoddart has been diagnosed with Black Lung. “Looking back on my last photo my wife said look how much I have aged,” said Mr Stoddart. “I see myself in the mirror every day but didn’t notice how far I have gone downhill. I’m coughing up blood […]

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NINETEENTH CONFIRMED CASE OF BLACK LUNG HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR IMMEDIATE INDUSTRY ACTION

March 1, 2017

The CFMEU Mining and Energy Division said today that the latest case of Black Lung disease in an underground mine in Central Queensland highlights the need for urgent industry action to support victims and families affected. The worker, who wishes to remain unidentified, represents the 19th confirmed case of the disease. Stephen Smyth, CFMEU M&E […]

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MINING COMMUNITIES IN REGIONAL QUEENSLAND TO HAVE THEIR SAY AT STATE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO BLACK LUNG

November 22, 2016

Black Lung victims throughout Queensland will have their say as the public hearings for the State’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Black Lung disease commence in regional Queensland this week. The committee will visit mining communities in Collinsville, Moranbah, Dysart, Middlemount and Mackay. CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President, Stephen Smyth, said the inquiry would […]

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CFMEU CALLS ON IAN MACFARLANE TO LEAD QRC IN ESTABLISHING BLACK LUNG VICTIMS’ FUND

November 17, 2016

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division called on Ian Macfarlane, the incoming Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), to mark his first day on the job by committing to adequately support Black Lung disease victims in Queensland. CFMEU M&E QLD District President, Stephen Smyth said last week’s call by the QRC for […]

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QRC FINALLY RECOGNISES THE NEED TO ACT ON BLACK LUNG COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS

November 11, 2016

The CFMEU Mining and Energy Division said today that following a long campaign by Black Lung disease victims in Queensland, the Queensland Resources Council finally recognised the need to review the compensation policy for sufferers of Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP). CFMEU Mining and Energy Division General Secretary, Andrew Vickers said this is an important step that […]

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OPINION: BLACK LUNG SUFFERER TELLS HIS STORY TO SAVE OTHERS

November 7, 2016

WHEN I first started working in the coal mines 30 years ago, I had no idea I would appear before a Queensland parliamentary inquiry to tell my story. I spent most of my working life in Ipswich coalfields. Little did I know I was literally working myself to death. In 2012, I was the first […]

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MEDIA STATEMENT OF MR PAUL HEAD: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST CASE OF BLACK LUNG IN AN OPEN CUT MINER

October 14, 2016

Mining communities throughout Australia are on alert after confirmation of Australia’s first case of Black Lung disease in an open cut coal mine worker at BHP Billiton’s Goonyella Riverside Mine in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin. Mr Paul Head reported that in his 31 years working as an open cut coal miner who has never worked […]

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AUSTRALIA’S FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF BLACK LUNG DISEASE IN AN OPEN CUT MINE

October 12, 2016

Mining communities throughout Australia are on alert after confirmation of Australia’s first case of Black Lung disease in an open cut coal mine worker at BHP Billiton’s Goonyella Riverside Mine in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin. Mr Paul Head reported that in his 31 years working as an open cut coal miner who has never worked […]

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